Howard County is among the top 10 best counties to work in across the nation, according to a study released this week by the website NerdWallet.com.
The county ranked eighth on the list, which was based on jobs, high salaries, growth and short commutes.
Howard County was the only Maryland county to make the list from the financial website.
"It's clear that Howard County is the No. 1 place in Maryland for jobs, a distinction earned through hard work, tough choices and a focus on innovation, education and quality of life," said Howard County Executive Ken Ulman. "Howard County added more jobs than any other place in the state between 2007 and 2012, and 76 percent of that job growth was in the private sector. Our entrepreneurial spirit is leading the way."
NerdWallet.com cited several factors for its ranking, including a low unemployment rate of 5.5 percent as recently as July and a strong workforce in the government and construction, manufacturing, health care, education, professional services and retail fields. Median income was also a factor — the county's average annual income of $73,050 for individuals is the second highest in NerdWallet.com's top 10.
NerdWallet.com also included the average commute time of 31 minutes into its rankings.
The website recently named Ellicott City as the third-best place for young families in Maryland.
To the see the complete rankings, visit NerdWallet.com.